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Nahmanides: Law and Mysticism

Moshe Halbertal

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780300140910
eISBN:
9780300257014
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300140910.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

A broad, systematic account of one of the most original and creative kabbalists, biblical interpreters, and Talmudic scholars the Jewish tradition has ever produced, Rabbi Moses b. Nahman ... More


Introduction

Hyam Maccoby (ed.)

in Judaism on Trial: Jewish-Christian Disputations in the Middle Ages

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100462
eISBN:
9781800340442
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100462.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the three Jewish–Christian disputations which took place in the Middle Ages: the Paris Disputation of 1240, the Barcelona Disputation of 1263, and ... More


The Vikuaḥ: Textual Considerations

Hyam Maccoby (ed.)

in Judaism on Trial: Jewish-Christian Disputations in the Middle Ages

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100462
eISBN:
9781800340442
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100462.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on the Vikuaḥ of Naḥmanides. The Hebrew version of the Vikuaḥ was not the only version composed by Naḥmanides. It is known that he originally composed his account of the ... More


Biographical Notes on the Chief Persons Present at Barcelona

Hyam Maccoby (ed.)

in Judaism on Trial: Jewish-Christian Disputations in the Middle Ages

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100462
eISBN:
9781800340442
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100462.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter provides some biographical notes on the chief persons present at Barcelona for the Barcelona Disputation in 1263. Rabbi Moses ben Naḥman, known as Naḥmanides, was the chief Spanish rabbi ... More


Introductory Note on the Vikuaḥ

Hyam Maccoby (ed.)

in Judaism on Trial: Jewish-Christian Disputations in the Middle Ages

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100462
eISBN:
9781800340442
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100462.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter addresses the opening passage of the Vikuaḥ. The Talmudic passage purports to describe how the ‘five disciples of Jesus’ were executed by the Jewish authorities. The whole passage is ... More


The Christian Account of the Barcelona Disputation: Translated from the Latin, edited by Y. Baer, Tarbiz, 2, 1930-1, pp. 185-7

Hyam Maccoby (ed.)

in Judaism on Trial: Jewish-Christian Disputations in the Middle Ages

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100462
eISBN:
9781800340442
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100462.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter details the Christian account of the Barcelona Disposition. After a discussion with King James I of Aragon and certain friars who were present, Pablo Christiani proposed to Naḥmanides ... More


Nahmanides’ Critique, and Other Thinkers

Reuven Firestone

in Holy War in Judaism: The Fall and Rise of a Controversial Idea

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199860302
eISBN:
9780199950621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860302.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Nahmanides criticizes Maimonides for omitting the commandment to conquer the Land of Israel from his enumeration of God’s commandments. To Nahmanides, conquest of the land is an eternal command that ... More


The Depiction of R. Shimon bar Yohai and Moses in Zoharic Literature

Boaz Huss

in Zohar: Reception and Impact

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113966
eISBN:
9781800340251
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113966.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter examines the strategy of the Zohar to present itself to readers through a juxtaposition of the figures of R. Shimon bar Yohai and Moses. By means of this contrast, the compilers of the ... More


Perspectives and New Directions: Reflections on the State of Scholarship

in As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759137
eISBN:
9780804774871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759137.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

In the late thirteenth century, one of the greatest periods of creativity in the history of Judaism, both the Kabbalah of Nahmanides and the Castilian Kabbalah flourished. Although numerous examples ... More


The Wandering Kabbalist: Historical Profile and Context

in As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759137
eISBN:
9780804774871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759137.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

During the thirteenth century, Akko was a cosmopolitan port city at the northern end of Haifa Bay where international commerce was bustling and ethnic diversity flourished as Christians, Muslims, and ... More


Receiving Tradition, Constructing Authority

in As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759137
eISBN:
9780804774871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759137.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Isaac ben Samuel of Akko's Me'irat 'Einayim, a supercommentary to Nahmanides' Commentary on the Torah, reflects an eclectic and anthological approach in which he attempts to bridge the diverse ... More


Intentions and the Recovery of Meaning

in As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759137
eISBN:
9780804774871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759137.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

In his Me'irat 'Einayim, a metacommentary on Nahmanides' work Commentary on the Torah, Isaac ben Samuel of Akko interprets meaning as unfixed or flexible, but does not assert the full autonomy of the ... More


War in Jewish Law before Zionism

Robert Eisen

in Religious Zionism, Jewish Law, and the Morality of War: How Five Rabbis Confronted One of Modern Judaism's Greatest Challenges

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780190687090
eISBN:
9780190687120
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190687090.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter provides the necessary background for understanding the positions of the five rabbis on war by describing the material in medieval Halakhah dealing with this topic in greater detail. The ... More


R. Isaac Halevi Herzog

Robert Eisen

in Religious Zionism, Jewish Law, and the Morality of War: How Five Rabbis Confronted One of Modern Judaism's Greatest Challenges

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780190687090
eISBN:
9780190687120
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190687090.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

R. Herzog (1888–1959) was the first Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel when the state of Israel was established in 1948. R. Herzog therefore had to deal with Israel’s first war, its War of Independence. ... More


God and the Tsadik as the Two Focal Points of Hasidic Worship: Conceptualizing Leadership

Ada Rapoport-Albert

in Hasidic Studies: Essays in History and Gender

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764821
eISBN:
9781800343412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764821.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores the seminal essay by Gershom Scholem about devekut, which was adopted by Hasidism from earlier kabbalistic traditions and became the highest religious ideal of the movement. It ... More


The Barcelona Disputation, 1263

Hyam Maccoby (ed.)

in Judaism on Trial: Jewish-Christian Disputations in the Middle Ages

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100462
eISBN:
9781800340442
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100462.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter examines the Barcelona Disputation of 1263. The new approach was to attempt to prove the truth of Christianity from the Jewish writings, including the Talmud. Various Aggadic passages, ... More


The Vikuaḥ of Naḥmanides: Translation and Commentary: The Disputation (Translated from the Vikuaḥ of Naḥmanides, edited bySteinschneider, 1860)

Hyam Maccoby (ed.)

in Judaism on Trial: Jewish-Christian Disputations in the Middle Ages

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100462
eISBN:
9781800340442
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100462.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter provides a translation of and commentary on the Vikuaḥ of Naḥmanides. It may be surprising, at first sight, that Naḥmanides argues against the theory that the Exilarchs and Nasi fulfil ... More


Introduction

Moshe Halbertal

in Nahmanides: Law and Mysticism

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780300140910
eISBN:
9780300257014
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300140910.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter provides a broad, systematic account of Nahmanides's thought. It analyzes Nahmanides's conception of halakhah and his approach to the central concerns of medieval Jewish thought, ... More


Nahmanides’s Philosophy of Halakhah

Moshe Halbertal

in Nahmanides: Law and Mysticism

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780300140910
eISBN:
9780300257014
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300140910.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter notes the tension between Maimonides and the Geonim about anchoring halakhah in a tradition from Sinai versus preserving the reliability of the tradition. It explains how Nahmanides is ... More


Custom and the History of Halakhah

Moshe Halbertal

in Nahmanides: Law and Mysticism

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780300140910
eISBN:
9780300257014
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300140910.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter focuses on Nahmanides's conception of halakhic history and his role within it, including his self-consciousness as a halakhist. It explains the complex interrelationships between ... More


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